MADLIFE released their new E.P. “21ST Century Megalomaniac” on May 14TH. Check out their latest single “Just One Gun” here. I spoke with lead singer Angry Phill a few weeks back, check out the chat below.
Dante – Thanks for doing the interview?
Angry Phill – No problem at all. Thanks for having me.
Dante – How has the response been to the new album?
Angry Phill – So far the response has been good from our fans. It’s been overwhelming.
Dante – This album was all D.I.Y. correct?
Angry Phill – We did this whole thing on our own. We had Evan 9 (Evan Rodaniche) from Powerman 5000 come in to do the mixing on the album he also did some co production with us. Everything we do is totally grass roots. It’s just like anything else, if you love what you do you put everything on the table and go for it.
Dante – Where does the sound of the band come from?
Angry Phill – What we do is take all the genres of music and we just threw them into the pot and mix it all up and when we put it together the musical structures are no different than the Beatles. All we have done is thrown industrial sounds into it and pop sensibility’s into it for lack of a better term.
Dante – I think you just over simplified what you do. It sounds like a lot more going on here than just that.
Angry Phill – That’s all we have done. The thing about it is I am such a student of music. I was studying music when I was 6 years old. I started to listen to hip hop when it first hit and I liked the bounce it had so I try to incorporate that bounce. I would disassemble all the music and listen to it down to the second to find out how it works. How long is this chorus, this comes in at 28 to 32 seconds? Then you start to base everything on that and everything is always in 8ths from Snoop Dog to Slayer. Always has been always will be. It’s all the same it’s just how you flavor it. So what I did, I studied everything and threw it all into what Madlife is today.
Dante – Is there any tour or shows that you have done that you still look back on and think wow, I can’t believe this.
Angry Phill – Yeah I think the one thing that everyone in the band can agree on was when we played with Slayer. I can’t believe how great they are. They have been playing for so many years and they still amazing. I also seen them in Toronto and they just destroyed the place. They came out and just dropped the hammer. I was like “Holy shit what did I just see” they are just incredible.
Dante – Is there any tour plans in the works?
Angry Phill – We do have a few things in the works and as soon as we are able to announce it we will.
Dante – What is it that you like best about touring?
Angry Phill – Some nights we might play a 250 to 500 setter and the crowd is just electric. Its intimate and you live for those moments. Then we might be playing in front of 10 to 15,000 people at a festival and as soon as you hit the stage the roar of the crowd knocks you on your ass. You can hear the crowd singing your words and to see people feel just as passionate as you are about something you labored is just incredible. Life does not get any better than that. There are different emotional feelings for each size venue.
Dante – Is there anything you would like to say to your fans before we wrap this up?
Angry Phill – Anyone that knows the band knows that at the end of every show we will go back to the merch area and hang out with people. And to everyone that has had the chance to see us and hang out with us after the shows we greatly appreciate that. And we hope to see you when we get back out on the road. And if you have never seen us and come to a show after the show come hang out.
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